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For more information about the Human Rights Act visit the Queensland Human Rights Commission's website.
Public entities (such as government bodies) in Queensland are required to consider and act in accordance with your human rights. Certain human rights may be affected by decisions concerning COVID-19, including:
Human rights can be subjected to reasonable limits that can be justified in a free and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom. Human rights are in addition to other rights.
Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 fundamental human rights in law.
The Act requires each arm of government to act compatibly with these human rights. This means that:
The Act clearly states that rights can be limited, but only where it is reasonable and justifiable.
Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 fundamental human rights:
A human rights complaint must first be made to the relevant public entity, which has 45 days to respond.
If you're unhappy with the response provided by the public entity, or if they don't respond, you can lodge a complaint with the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC).
Please note: Complaints under the Human Rights Act can only be lodged to the QHRC after 1 January 2020. Complaints under the Human Rights Act can only be made about alleged breaches occurring after 1 January 2020. Find out more.
If your human rights have been breached or limited in the course of another proceeding—for example a criminal proceeding—or may be a live issue within the proceedings get legal advice.
For legal advice about a human rights issue, contact us as soon as possible for more information.
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